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Mesa Verde, Colorado

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Mesa Verde National Park is a U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. It is the largest archeological preserve in the US.[2]

clouding over the Rockies : mesa top , Cortez , CO
clouding over the Rockies
: mesa top , Cortez , CO

(pic copyright- Mamta Muttreja)

The park was created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, who wanted to protect some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world and “preserve the works of man”.[3] It occupies 52,485 acres (21,240 ha) near the Four Corners and features numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the Ancestral Puebloans. There are more than 4,000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings in the park.

(Wiki source)

 

Inhabited by the Puebloans from 550 AD to 1300 AD , this is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the largest and best preserved site of cliff dwellers.

11063922_10205555906512982_1167840583934985161_oThe Puebloans farmed the Mesa top , and descended via holes cut on the cliff face to dwellings , cleverly made in cliff overhangs always facing southwards.
11048770_10205555903152898_6157492076992219799_oInstallation at the visitor center paying tribute to the spirit of the Puebloans, depicting one climbing down the cliff face with a basket full of produce.

11059654_10205555901192849_4152133296517752541_oClose-up of the sculpture at the visitor center, clearly showing the holes used to climb down the cliff .

11082260_10205555903472906_2858403512907515694_oThree storey dwelling at the Spruce Tree House, with rectangular openings for doors, and T-shaped ones for entering the abodes with produce. The upper surface of the cliff is still dark from all the soot collected over time from fires for cooking and warmth in the winters.

11147877_10205555904272926_4103860285035529704_oRectangular shaped sandstone blocks with mortar of clay and small stones and a log for support , possibly the beginning of architecture among the Puebloans.  the fact that that log of wood was probably from the around 1200 AD , that just added so much to its beauty

1497830_10205555906792989_8677546871705852575_oLong shot of the dwelling which possibly housed about 90-100 people, made inside an arched cliff overhang

 

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